TIME Interviews Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

Muslim Brotherhood film critic

TIME’s Interview With Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is a fascinating read, and you should definitely consume the whole thing, but I can’t resist pointing out this slightly surreal section in which Morsi says the original version of Planet of the Apes was much better than the remake.

I remember a movie. Which one? Planet of the Apes. The old version, not the new one. There is new one. Which is different. Not so good. It’s not expressing the reality as it was the first one. But at the end, I still remember, this is the conclusion: When the big monkey, he was head of the supreme court I think — in the movie! — and there was a big scientist working for him, cleaning things, has been chained there. And it was the planet of the apes after the destructive act of a big war, and atomic bombs and whatever in the movie. And the scientists was asking him to do something, this was 30 years ago: “Don’t forget you are a monkey.” He tells him, “don’t ask me about this dirty work.” What did the big ape, the monkey say? He said, “you’re human, you did it [to] yourself.” That’s the conclusion. Can we do something better for ourselves?

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